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June 03, 2020 - EurekAlert

'Unparalleled' discovery of ancient skeletons sheds light on mystery of when people started eating maize

'Unparalleled' discovery of ancient skeletons sheds light on mystery of when people started eating maize
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The "unparalleled" discovery of remarkably well-preserved ancient skeletons in Central American rock shelters has shed new light on when maize became a key part of people's diet on the continent.

Until now little was known about when humans started eating the crop, now a staple of meals around the globe that shapes agricultural landscapes and ecosystem biodiversity.

The rare human remains, found in the Maya Mountains of Belize, buried during the last 10,000 years, has allowed experts to date when maize became a major part of people's diets in the region for the first time.

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